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My dog is peeing all over when I am at work, what can I do?

Asked by johnny0313x (1855points) June 3rd, 2009

I work about 9 hours a day and come home on my lunch to take the dog out. He is just over a year old and when I am home NEVER goes in the house. I take him out before I leave, on my lunch and when I get home yet everyday I will come home and there is atleast 2–3 pee spots on the floor. This is causing me major stress and not to mention it’s really hard to make sure there is no odor afterwords. Is he doing this because he is mad that I left, or does he just not understand that he needs to wait? Any suggestions?

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

It sounds like canine separation anxiety. Does your dog whine and cry as you’re getting ready to leave or exhibit other behavior indicating he’s desperate for you not to go? If so, this might help.

YARNLADY's avatar

Close him in one room of the house while you are gone, and place papers all over, and a large litter box on one side. Yes, dogs can be litter trained as well as cats.

ru2bz46's avatar

Pee on him to let him know that you are the alpha – not him.~

rooeytoo's avatar

You can try crate training him. Buy a cage that is just big enough for him to stand up, turn around and be comfy. Usually dogs are fastidious by nature and will not pee if they have to lay in it. It is a long time to be in a crate but since you come home at noon, not too bad. Hopefully he will catch on quickly and you won’t need to crate him for too long.

Is this a new behavior or has he been doing it all along?

cookieman's avatar

I second the crate training. We did this with my Basset Hound and it worked like a charm.

syz's avatar

First, make sure that there is not a medical issue causing the incontinence. If he has a urinary tract infection, he may not be able to help himself (although if he doesn’t ask to go out more often than usual when you are home, this is less likely).

You don’t mention if he’s been neutered – intact males will often mark their territory with urine.

If it is behavioral, crate training is going to be your best bet. A common misconception is that keeping a dog in crate is cruel, but they actually feel quite secure in their “den”. Just make sure to let him out of the crate and then out to the bathroom as soon as you get in the house.

cyn's avatar

Quick get the news paper!

Darwin's avatar

Have the vet check him out for physical ailments and then either crate train him or restrict him to one room, preferably one with a vinyl floor.

Supacase's avatar

I agree crate training is a good solution, but I wonder how well he would take to it at his age. I believe it is usually started with puppies. Contrary to some beliefs, it is not cruel. Dogs tend to be comforted to have their own space and will often go in and lay down when you are home and the crate door is left open.

Lock him in the bathroom if the crate training doesn’t work or you are completely against it. Be prepared for him to scratch up the door or chew something out of frustration or boredom – give him lots of toys to keep him occupied.

johnny0313x's avatar

He has been peeing all along pretty much sometimes he would have good streaks and then really bad streaks, I stopped using puppy pads because I though maybe it was giving him the wrong idea and have not used them for months but recently spread them all over the room to help save the carpet. I was thinking of buying a cheap table cloth and newspaper though to reduce the cost since the pads are a little pricey especially going through 2–3 of them a day.

He is neutered and has been for over 6 months now, sometimes he does bark and scratch at the door when I leave but usually if I pick him up and set him on the bed and then say “see you later” or “good bye” and wave he will be fine. Usually he is okay, however if I leave him in the living room and run outside to the car he will bark until I get back.

I don’t think it’s a medical problem cause like I said he can hold it for a very long time when I am at home with no accidents and will let me know when he needs to go . His pee is rather yellow sometimes though almost fluorescent at times and bleaches the grass…dunno if that means anything, however he never seems to be in pain when urinating.

I thought about crate training but I’m not so sure how he would respond to that especially at his age and he is rather active so such a small place might not work well. I also considered the bathroom but it isnt very big and he doesn’t care for the bathroom cause he knows that where he gets baths.

Supacase's avatar

Can you baby gate him in the kitchen?

johnny0313x's avatar

I bought the baby gate and he jumped it so I bought a bigger one but the way the kitchen is, it won’t block him, it’s at an angle if that makes sense.

rooeytoo's avatar

There are dozens of sites that will guide you through crate training, just google it and you will see.

It is the best way, well usually, and if you are worried about him being too active just get up a little earlier in the morning and take him for a run or a long walk, same in the evening, if he is tired he will be fine.

johnny0313x's avatar

Just an update, I talked to the vet about this, she said its separation anxiety and that I should keep him in the bathroom cause it’s tile or crate train him. I felt bad about the crate so I tried the bathroom and it’s been a week and not one accident!! I think it’s because the bathroom is kinda smaller so he doesnt want to cramp his space with his mess. I’m thrilled, I have my room back(though he still sleeps in there with me which is fine) and no more stink!

rooeytoo's avatar

I’m happy for you, there is nothing like having a good dog for a companion!

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